Bill allowing state lawyers access to doctors database of controlled substance users signed into Florida law

Jim turner | June 26, 2019

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A measure that would allow attorneys for the state to have access to a prescription-drug database as they pursue a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry over the opioid epidemic was among 10 bills signed Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis. The signings nine were announced by the governor’s office Tuesday morning came less than a week before all 10 of the bills will take effect July 1. The drug database law (HB 1253) was a priority during this year’s legislative session of Attorney General Ashley Moody, who considered access to the records a critical weapon in the state’s lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry.

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